Infographic design by Skies & Scopes

 

For those interested in getting started with astrophotography, it can be quite daunting working out what equipment you need.

The infographic above lays out the key equipment you will need to shoot different types of astrophotography.

See below for more details and follow the links for in-depth guides on the different pieces of equipment.

 

1. Landscape astrophotography

This is the art of capturing, for example, the stars of the Milky Way above (and including) a landscape on Earth.

For this you will need:

  1. A regular DSLR or mirrorless camera
  2. A wide-angle lens
  3. A tripod
  4. A star tracker (optional)

 

2. Solar System astrophotography

This refers to photographing the planets and other objects within our solar system – for example, the moon, Mars or Saturn.

For this you need:

  1. A regular DSLR or mirrorless camera
  2. A telephoto lens
  3. A tripod
  4. A star tracker (optional)

 

3. Deep sky astrophotography

This is capturing images of far off objects in space, like other galaxies and nebulae.

To do this, you will need:

  1. Specialist astrophotography camera (eg, CCD camera) or an astro modified DSLR camera
  2. A telescope
  3. A mount

 

There are of course other ways of combining different equipment to photograph objects in space, but this gives a snapshot of the most common set-ups.

For a comprehensive overview of how to start in astrophotography, please see our ultimate beginners’ guide.

Astrophotography is also possible with a smartphone – see our guide here.